2018 Election

In Money Race, Chief Justice Candidate Vance Leads Parker in Past Week, This Year

Tom Parker
Judge Bob Vance.
(Source: Thomas B. Diasio)

Democrat Robert Vance raised $73,350 in cash contributions last week while Republican opponent Tom Parker collected $24,400 in their campaigns for chief justice of Alabama, the candidates reported Monday to the Alabama Secretary of State’s Office.

Vance, a Jefferson County Circuit Court judge, reported that he spent $77,610 during the period of Oct. 20 to Oct. 26. Parker, an associate justice on the Alabama Supreme Court who is seeking election as chief justice, spent $133,262 during the period.

Since the campaign began last year, Vance has raised $1.09 million and spent $975,266. Parker has collected $738,477 and spent $696,830.

Vance’s biggest contributors for the week with donations of $5,000 each were the Alabama Realtors PAC of Montgomery; Goldasich & Associates LLC of Birmingham; Marsh, Rickard & Bryan PC of Birmingham; MCG PAC of Birmingham; T-Town PAC II of Tuscaloosa; and William J. Rushton III of Birmingham. His top contributor for the entire election cycle is lawyer Warren Lazarow of Hillsborough at $15,000.

The top contributors to Parker’s campaign last week, with donations of $5,000 each, were State Farm Agents and Associations of Alabama PAC of Tuscaloosa; and MAXPAC, NEWPAC and SAVEPAC, all of Montgomery. His leading contributor since the election cycle began last year is Progress for Justice PAC of Montgomery, which is made up mostly of lawyers, at $500,000.

The two are candidates in the Nov. 6 general election.